Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Pragmatic Compromise 

I am a principled person, and I will continue to vote for Democrats, not because they represent my principles, but to prevent the Republicans from ever holding the Imperial Gun again. I do it out of concern for the people they will victimize abroad and here in the United States.

And, I will continue to engage sincerely.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Imperial Grunts" 

This book was on Emperor Bush's reading list in 2005, when it was encouraged to acknowledge the American Empire's existence: Imperial Grunts, by Robert D. Kaplan

And let's not forget this:
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." - A senior advisor to Emperor Bush, as quoted by Ron Suskind of the New York Times.
Now, "Empire" is a frame non grata because it puts everything into perspective, and, of course, because the Empire doesn't control the narrative anymore. Use the frame liberally.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Empire's Dementia 

The American Empire enables its rightist nutbags in proportion to how threatened it feels by the Left.

With a lynch mob on one hand, it menaces the straw man "liberal" on its other hand, and threatens to burn the people's house down.

That's why Robert Gibbs cries the "Professional Left" Blues. We make the evil puppet master angry. Here's its image, courtesy of Francisco Goya:

Saturn Devouring His Son

Monday, August 09, 2010

Net Neutrality Preserves Freedom of Speech 

"On the other is a lobbying juggernaut that seeks to dismantle online openness so that phone and cable companies can rebuild the Internet as a gated community that serves their bottom line."
-Timothy Karr, The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet

If corporations are allowed to rebuild the Internet as a gated community that serves their bottom line, it will be the end of free speech on the Internet.

The entire Internet will end up with arbitrary "moderation" and membership policies like those of private, for-profit Web sites like Huffington Post. In addition, your right to participate anonymously will disappear, (so you can be punished for the things you write).

Paul Loeb makes a good case: What if Verizon Could Censor Your Telephone Conversations: Why Net Neutrality Matters

The latest news, from Craig Aaron: Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse

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